DC restaurant that defied COVID-19 mandates compelled to shut

A restaurant in Washington, D.C., that has resisted town’s masks and COVID-19 vaccine mandates was closed “till additional discover” by town’s Division of Meals on Tuesday.

The Massive Board, a burger joint and bar positioned a few mile from the Capitol on H Road, has brazenly defied Mayor Muriel Bowser’s COVID-19 mandates that she introduced in December. The closure discover seen by the Washington Examiner cited meals code violations.


“The institution is ordered closed till additional discover for a violation(s) of the District of Columbia meals code rules (Title 25 of the DCMR), which presents an imminent well being hazard(s) to the general public,” the discover mentioned.

Final week, the restaurant had its liquor license suspended following a number of warnings about its violation of the mayor’s mandates. Between Jan. 14 and Jan. 18, the restaurant acquired a verbal warning, a written warning, and a $1,000 high-quality for failing to implement the mandates, in response to knowledge from the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration.

4 Republican lawmakers in Congress — Sen. Rand Paul and Reps. Thomas Massie, Tim Burchett, and Victoria Spartz — confirmed as much as the restaurant following the closure discover Tuesday night time. Paul had preplanned going to the restaurant Tuesday night with none concept that the well being division would submit a discover closing the institution simply an hour earlier than he arrived.

At one level throughout his remarks, Paul referred to as for Bowser’s impeachment. He additionally expressed frustration with the closure of the restaurant.

“I got here right here, and I’ll spend some cash to help him, nevertheless it’s his livelihood. So he has to decide. It is a large determination — civil resistance, civil disobedience — whenever you lose your livelihood. So I am extremely happy with him. I am very supportive of what he is doing,” he advised the Washington Examiner.

Along with exhibiting help for a enterprise defying vaccine necessities, Paul has protested a key institution that has chosen to implement it. In January, Paul mentioned that he would “stop” the Capitol Hill Membership, the premier Republican membership membership positioned subsequent door to the Republican Nationwide Committee, over its enforcement of the vaccine requirement.

“I cannot be a member of any membership that acquiesces to a requirement to disclose your medical data,” the Kentucky Republican tweeted on the time.

The mandates, which had been issued in December amid the onset of the omicron variant of COVID-19, required sure institutions to confirm that patrons 12 and older had at the very least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine efficient Jan. 15. The mayor included eating places, bars, and different indoor leisure amenities in her order. By Feb. 15, the proof of vaccination mandate would require patrons 12 and older to be absolutely vaccinated. Bowser additionally applied an indoor masks mandate in December, which was prolonged by way of Feb. 28.

Two days earlier than the proof-of-vaccination mandate went into impact, The Massive Board tweeted that everybody was welcome into the restaurant — implying that it could not implement the mandate.

The homeowners didn’t instantly talk about particulars of why the restaurant was closed with the Washington Examiner, however co-owner Eric Flannery famous that the well being officers had been “very good.” The Washington Examiner reached out to officers on the Division of Meals however didn’t obtain a response.


Town presently estimates that 92.1% of its residents are vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19 with at the very least one dose, in response to knowledge from town — considerably increased than the nationwide common of 75.4%, in response to knowledge from the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention.